Yoga teaches people how to sustain poses while still breathing, a skill most yogis use to live undetected in wax museums. Trick a tourist with today's Groupon: for $19, you get 10 classes at The Yoga Fusion (up to a $150 value).
Studio owners Greg Riley and Gloria Persico, whose attentive instruction earned Diablo magazine's Best Yoga Teacher award in 2011, and their band of instructors welcome yogis of all abilities to nurture their practice with an integrated collection of classes throughout the week. The studio's schedule of classes includes beginner-friendly sessions such as a 90-minute Iyengar yoga, which incorporates the use of props such as blocks, belts, blankets, with traditional Hatha postures to help students sink into healing twists and gentle binds with proper alignment, regardless of fitness or experience level. Power flow classes take more experienced students through a vigorous sequence of continuous postures to build lean muscle and increase flexibility. Yoglets aged 4–9 stretch growing limbs and foster mind and body wellness in a 90-minute Yoga for Kids class, where a certified kids’ yoga instructor introduces art, music, and storytelling elements into a traditional yoga session designed for children's little bodies, helping to create an engaging practice to awaken energetic spirit puppies.
The Yoga Fusion
At The Yoga Fusion, recently voted "Best Yoga Studio" for the fifth year in a row in Diablo Magazine's 2015 Best of the East Bay list, students and teachers grow side by side as they stretch toward the sun and reach into the recesses of their minds. Founders Gloria Persico of Glorious Yoga and Greg Riley of Upward Spiral Yoga strive to cultivate a relaxed atmosphere, welcoming yogis of all levels to connect and thrive, much like the Legos in the world's tallest Lego structure. Most of the instructors bring 10–35 years of experience to the mat, where they impart ancient poses and breathing exercises that build strength, flexibility, and focus while melting pent-up anxiety. Classes range from soothing routines, filled with sitting and supine poses, to advanced hatha sessions, which are built on challenging poses and opportunities to explore yoga's spiritual side. Diablo magazine readers picked The Yoga Fusion as the city's best yoga studio for five consecutive years (2011-2015).